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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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19,278Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 86 out of 682

$998K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 107 out of 682

753 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
56%Patients 65 Years and Older
76% Subsidized Claims for Low-Income Patients

How Does This Prescriber Compare to Peers?

In the same specialty and state. Caveats »

Drugs That Present Special Risks
Costs of Prescribing
Higher avg Average for
this specialty
in Kentucky
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Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

15% of this provider’s 753 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 5%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

32% of this provider’s 753 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 17%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

2% of this provider’s 9,541 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 2%.

Brand Name Drugs

24% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 24%.

Prescription Price

$52 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $59 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

26 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 24.


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This Prescriber's Drugs

The table below list this provider’s drugs, the number of prescriptions and how many went to seniors. Drugs are ranked by volume and compared with the rank for all providers in the same specialty and state.

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S2

A schedule two drug. More » Schedule two drugs have a high potential for abuse and severe dependence, according to the Drug Enforcement Administration.

S3

A schedule three drug. More » Schedule three drugs have potential for abuse and dependence, according to the Drug Enforcement Administration.

A

An antipsychotic drug. More » Antipsychotics are frequently given to dementia patients, though it increases their risk of death.

R

A risky drug for seniors. More » The American Geriatrics Society has said this drug is "potentially dangerous" for seniors and might be inappropriate.

10

This provider is among the top 10 prescribers of
this drug in the country.

This provider’s prescriptions for this drug were for more days than those of peers. More » Because of this, his or her prescription count may be lower.

This provider’s prescriptions for this drug were for fewer days than those of peers. More » Because of this, his or her prescription count may be higher.

This Drug's Rank
Drug Name Total Prescriptions Filled
Including Refills
Prescriptions
to 65+
Category For this Prescriber For All Prescribers in
This Specialty in Kentucky
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 1,482 558 S3 1 1
FUROSEMIDE 639 414 2 7
SIMVASTATIN 523 242 3 4
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 479 235 4 10
OMEPRAZOLE 473 256 5 5
LISINOPRIL 427 224 6 2
METFORMIN HCL 425 163 7 8
GABAPENTIN 398 196 8 9
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 340 218 9 14
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 320 251 10 6
CITALOPRAM HBR 316 133 11 17
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 267 161 12 12
OXYCODONE HCL 262 36 S2 13 93
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 258 111 14 3
WARFARIN SODIUM 255 180 15 13
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 248 124 16 21
TRAZODONE HCL 207 66 17 38
TIZANIDINE HCL 199 35 18 83
NEXIUM 194 93 19 19
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 187 111 20 29
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 186 118 21 44
PROMETHAZINE HCL 177 50 R 22 54
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 176 103 23 16
ALPRAZOLAM 162 70 24 90
RANITIDINE HCL 159 83 25 28
SYNTHROID 150 141 26 59
GLIPIZIDE ER 149 49 27 108
SERTRALINE HCL 144 76 28 24
OXYCODONE HCL-ACETAMINOPHEN 143 17 S2 29 98
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 141 78 30 11
FLUOXETINE HCL 132 29 31 60
ATENOLOL 131 99 32 18
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 130 60 33 91
OXYCONTIN 127 0 S2 34 178
PAROXETINE HCL 120 52 35 53
FAMOTIDINE 109 94 36 99
PREDNISONE 108 66 37 40
FENTANYL 107 39 S2 38 86
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 105 26 R 39 50
CLOPIDOGREL 101 64 40 25
LANTUS 100 60 41 55
AZITHROMYCIN 99 58 42 39
CELEBREX 97 83 43 80
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 96 50 44 31
MELOXICAM 96 44 44 27
COUMADIN 94 82 46 330
MIRTAZAPINE 94 33 46 52
ALLOPURINOL 94 63 46 32
TAMSULOSIN HCL 93 90 49 33
IBUPROFEN 91 28 50 79
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 88 53 51 15
CARVEDILOL 87 42 52 23
TRAMADOL HCL 87 32 52 26
CARISOPRODOL 86 28 R 54 146
BUSPIRONE HCL 84 23 55 102
TERAZOSIN HCL 84 72 55 171
SPIRIVA 83 38 57 49
CYMBALTA 82 26 58 51
KLOR-CON M20 82 72 58 67
MORPHINE SULFATE 76 32 S2 60 326
DONEPEZIL HCL 73 72 61 30
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 73 0 R 61 65
SPIRONOLACTONE 72 26 63 64
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 72 31 63 34
NAMENDA 72 72 63 41
MORPHINE SULFATE ER 72 23 S2 63 143
ADVAIR DISKUS 70 39 67 47
DICLOFENAC SODIUM 70 24 67 107
PROAIR HFA 69 21 69 45
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 67 36 70 114
HYDROXYZINE PAMOATE 65 0 R 71 172
THEOPHYLLINE ANHYDROUS 64 23 72 153
RISPERIDONE 64 56 72 82
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 63 32 74 56
LEVOFLOXACIN 62 45 75 70
TRICOR 61 16 76 94
KLOR-CON 10 61 36 76 148
RAMIPRIL 61 36 76 81
NIASPAN 60 25 79 133
LEVETIRACETAM 59 41 80 125
MEGESTROL ACETATE 58 50 R 81 165
CLONIDINE HCL 57 34 82 48
PLAVIX 57 28 82 35
NYSTATIN 56 45 84 95
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 55 13 85 87
GLIPIZIDE XL 54 24 86 181
DILTIAZEM HCL 54 40 86 217
VERAPAMIL ER 53 29 88 116
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 52 15 89 84
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 52 36 89 37
METOLAZONE 52 31 89 229
LOVASTATIN 51 28 92 66
ABILIFY 51 21 92 179
VENTOLIN HFA 51 15 92 101
ROPINIROLE HCL 50 21 95 71
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 50 14 95 20
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 50 28 95 58
METHYLPREDNISOLONE 50 18 95 127
About This Data

ProPublica obtained prescribing data from Medicare’s prescription drug benefit, known as Part D, under the Freedom of Information Act. The data for 2012 includes more than 1.2 billion prescriptions written by nearly 1.5 million doctors, nurses and other providers. This database lists about 382,000 of those providers who wrote 50 or more prescriptions for at least one drug that year. Almost three-fourths went to patients 65 and older; the rest were for disabled patients. Methodology »

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Caveats
  • No comparisons are shown if 10 or fewer prescribers in the state share this specialty.
  • The list of top drugs includes only those for which this provider wrote 50 or more prescriptions, but all prescriptions are counted in the summary totals at the top.
  • The calculation of “Risky Drugs to Seniors” does not include drugs for which a provider wrote 11 or fewer prescriptions because Medicare redacted the information to protect patient privacy.
  • Comparisons do not take into account the medical conditions of patients. Medications for certain conditions do not have generic alternatives, so patients would receive more expensive brand name drugs.
  • This provider's address and specialty information was last updated on July 8, 2007.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.